This is the personal blog of Julian Abagond, where I write 500 words a day on whatever I want. Well, at least on most days. In the Real World I am a computer programmer.
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Q: What is that a picture of at the top?
Further down on this page, under “Mastheads” is an incomplete list of banner pictures or header images I have used, listed in reverse chronological order.
Q: How come my comment did not appear?
I have a comment policy and a spam filter.
Q: What is your real name, street address, etc? Are you Haitian? Nigerian?
Q: Can I use one of your images?
Feel free. I mostly get them off of Google Images and Tumblr, so no credit goes to me.
Q: Can I cross post one of your posts?
So long as you link back to the original or give proper credit.
Q: How can I do a guest post on your blog?
See my Guidelines for guest posts. I require 500 words, give or take 20.
Q: How do I start a blog? What advice do you have?
Go to blogger.com or wordpress.com and sign up. Blogger is easier, but WordPress is nicer. After that show up to write the posts. The most important thing by far is to write regularly, at least once a week.
More at this post: Advice for new bloggers.
Q: Can I send you my manuscript?
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Q: Why do you use boldfaced words everywhere?
To make skimming easier.
Q: Why do you misspell the word “colour”?
Because I use Oxford spelling.
Q: How come you don’t list your sources?
Sometimes I do, but generally I do not. I am not a scholar nor is this a scholarly blog. Most of what I know is easily knowable by anyone with Internet service.
I am trying to get to where I put up a new post at 16.16 GMT (12.16pm EDT/9.16am PDT), as many days a week as I can manage without sacrificing too much quality.
For those who wonder about such things:
- Weights and measure: metric (sometimes English units).
- Money: US dollar (sometimes crowns of silver).
- Calendar: Gregorian.
- Era: Christian, years before and after the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Years after Christ: 2015 = +2015 = AD 2015 = 2015 CE.
- Years before Christ: -295 = 295 BC = 295 BCE.
- Centuries are written with “00s”: the -200s, for example, means the years -299 to -200.
- Language: Standard English as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary and the blog’s Glossary.
- Signature: Starting in 2015, I sign posts in this format: “– Abagond, 2008, 2015.” The first number is the year the post went up, the second (optional) number is when I last updated it (not counting small changes like fixing the English, adding links or adding the signature itself).
- Likes – I only “like” my own post if at least a month has passed since I wrote it. I am in love with most of my posts right after I write them, of course, but some make me cringe later on.
- Links in italics – are external in most cases and are subject to link rot.
- Comments in italics – Those by me are in my moderator voice.
An incomplete list of images I have used at the top of the blog page:
Since March 14th 2017: The number π to 898 places for Pi Day. I made the image myself, getting the value from this page, which takes it to 100,000 places.
Since February 22nd 2017: Detail of a picture of Dorothy Counts on September 4th 1957, her first day at an all-White high school, Harry Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. That was the same day Elizabeth Eckford started at Little Rock Central High, as high schools across the southern US were beginning to desegregate.
Since January 31st 2017: Detail of Mark Bryan’s “The Nightmare” (2017), the best picture of Trump I have seen so far.
Since January 16th 2017: for Martin Luther King Day: Looks like it is from the March on Washington, 1963, but it might be Too Cool To Be Real: notice the 48-star flag! Used this image in 2016 too.
Since January 9th 2016: From a tomb painting from Egypt in -1400. I used this masthead in 2011 and 2015.
Since December 1st 2016: Picture of a Christmas tree for Christmas 2016. It is the Christmas tree I got for my blog in 2012 and have used every year since.
Since September 3rd 2016: Nate Silver’s latest polls-plus forecast for the 2016 election for US president. I centred the image to include as many swing states as possible. To be updated as states swing to one side or the other.
Since July 11th 2016: Ieshia Evans stands her ground as police in riot gear try to run her off at a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana over the the police killing of Alton Sterling. You can see the whole picture and another angle on my Tumblr.
Since July 5th 2016: the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, circa December 2000, in honour of the Juno spacecraft.
Since June 7th 2016: The current phase of the moon for each day of Ramadan 1437 AH, starting on the 2nd. Updated daily, hopefully. I am using the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia. The moon will gradually move from right to left, ending up all the way to the left by month’s end.
Since May 25th 2016: A detail of an old Japanese map (10 Mb) showing the US and the part of Asia where most Asian Americans come from. For Asian History Month. I used it last year but only for about a week.
Since April 26th 2016: Image from a @TerresNoir tweet: “#HowardUniversity students show the beauty in all different #HUes of blackness.”
Since April 21st 2016: In memoriam for Prince.
Since February 12th 2016: A still from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance of “Formation” (2016) on February 7th.
Since February 11th 2016: Whitney Houston, R.I.P. Shows her sitting on a cloud with Michael Jackson. From youngearlgrey.tumblr.com. On the fourth anniversary of her passing. Also used this masthead in February 2012 and elsewhen.
Since February 1st 2016: Flo Jo at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. For Black Women’s History Month.
Since January 18th 2016: for Martin Luther King Day: Looks like it is from the March on Washington, 1963, but it might be Too Cool To Be Real: notice the 48-star flag!
Since January 8th 2016: Detail from Gmail’s Teahouse theme for 11.00pm to 1.00am. It shows me writing the next blog post.
Since January 6th 2016: Detail from “Adoration of the Magi” (1894) by Morris & Co. For Epiphany (January 6th).
Since December 21st 2015: Picture of a Christmas tree for Christmas 2015. Also used it in 2014 and 2012.
Since November 1st 2015: from a photograph of a Comanche family in the early 1900s. For Native American Heritage Month in the US.
Since October 27th 2015: Books from the libraries of Timbuktu. From a photo by Brent Stirton, National Geographic, September 2009. It shows ancient manuscripts from Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan and Nigeria in storage cases at Abdel Kader Haidara’s home, the director of Bibliotheque Mama Haidara De Manuscripts in Timbuktu. I used the same picture in August.
Since October 22nd 2015: Detail from “the scents of past journeys down from the shelves” (2013). Many posts started out in notebooks like those in the picture.
Since September 11th 2015: Detail from a shirt that Fatimah Bouderdaben was sent home from school for wearing. The front of her shirt said #BlackLivesMatter, the whole back of her shirt was filled with names and ages. Of the ones shown in this picture, I have done posts on Rekia Boyd, Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell and Aiyana Jones.
Since August 28th 2015: Books from the libraries of Timbuktu. From a photo by Brent Stirton, National Geographic, September 2009. It shows ancient manuscripts from Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan and Nigeria in storage cases at Abdel Kader Haidara’s home, the director of Bibliotheque Mama Haidara De Manuscripts in Timbuktu.
Since July 20th 2015: “Whites are individuals”. I took this from part of Lawrence Beitler’s iconic photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana on August 7th 1930. It is the picture that gave us Billie Holiday’s song “Strange Fruit”.
Since July 13th 2015: A picture of Pluto taken by New Horizons on July 12th from 2.5 million kilometres or two days away.
Since July 13th 2015: A picture taken of Pluto by New Horizons, three days away from its closest approach.
Since June 19th 2015: Nine candles for the nine who died in the Charleston Massacre.
Since May 7th 2015: A still from Key & Peele’s “Negrotown” (2015).
Since March 7th 2015: A picture of the showdown on Bloody Sunday in Selma, which took place 50 years ago today! I also used this masthead in February 2012.
Since March 1st 2015: a Kentucky rifle, for White History Month.
Since January 19th 2015, from Martin Luther King Day: Looks like it is from the March on Washington, 1963, but it might be too cool to be real: notice the 48-star flag!
Since January 8th 2015: A picture I made from Jet magazine covers, one from every ten years or so. Left to right: Dorothy Dandridge, Angela Davis, Vanessa Williams, Anita Baker, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Obama. This was my masthead for two days last August.
Since January 4th 2015: Detail from “Adoration of the Magi” (c. 1320) by Giotto. For Epiphany (January 6th).
Since December 16th 2014: Picture of a Christmas tree for Christmas 2014.
Since November 25th 2014: Police officers stand their ground as a protester waves the US flag along West Florissant Avenue during a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 22nd 2014, two days before the indictment came down. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times). Source: KTLA (Channel 5 in Los Angeles).
Since November 4th 2014: For Native American Heritage Month. Detail of Samuel de Champlain’s 1632 sketch of a Huron (Wyandot) deer hunt. Huron men make noises, driving the deer towards a V-shaped fence where they are killed. Public domain.
Since September 25th 2014: detail from “The Virgin’s Seed” (1991), a mural in East Los Angeles by Paul Botello. For Hispanic Heritage Month.
For more see older mastheads at the Masthead Museum.
– Abagond, 2008, 2016.